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Old 04-12-2017, 04:03 PM   #11
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Based on my extreme lack of knowledge, my complete cack-handidness, and my over all fear of electricity in general. And because I like my house, not so keen on a huge pile of ash... I've caved in. I'm going to buy these two items:

https://www.the-home-brew-shop.co.uk...ic-Boiler.html
https://www.the-home-brew-shop.co.uk...2ehtml#SID=180

I called the company and spoke to a chap who was very helpful. He told me to be wary of two elements, because running both at the same time can cause problems in the house with regards to electrics. My electrics are brand new, and I really don't want to cause any problems with it. He said that the 1 x 2.4KW element will boil ~30L in about 45 mins. Which is an hour quicker than I was doing it with my gas boiler.

I explained to him that I have an Inkbird, and he said that the Mangrove Jack is what they use.. but they're the same. I want to keep my Inkbird free for if I need it for my fridge, and frankly I liked the guy on the phone.

I don't mind spending money to get what I need/want, and am not a fan of any kind of DIY. For under £200 I can get exactly what I need by the end of the week.

Anyone need a 70L boil pot?
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Old 04-12-2017, 04:08 PM   #12
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Hi!
A temperature controller like the Inkbird will be less than helpful for maintaining a boil. It operates by shutting off the power when the assigned temperature is reached. You do not want the element to be switched off during the boil.
I'm surprised that a 7 kW gas burner can not maintain a rolling boil.
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Old 04-12-2017, 05:42 PM   #13
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Oh... Hmm, that's annoying. I thought I'd be able to use it to stop the boil being too rough.. but I suppose it's not going to go crazy at only 2.4KW.

Not sure what I'm going to use my shiny new temperature controller for then lol
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I'm surprised that a 7 kW gas burner can not maintain a rolling boil.
I was surprised also. I don't get a roaring blue flame from it. It just seems to be a yellow flickery flame... a pretty big one at that, but it's the kind of flame that just causes an enormous amount of soot. Which goes everywhere and is very annoying. Maybe I have a defective burner... or maybe my Calor Bottle doesn't supply enough pressure.. but it's a 13KG Bottle.
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I don't get a roaring blue flame from it. It just seems to be a yellow flickery flame...
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I don't use a propane burner, but a quick Google suggests that there isn't enough air in the mix. There should be an adjustable collar on the "arm" of the burner. This moves forward and back to balance the gas/air to get a fierce blue flame. Think about the Bunsen burner from school science lessons.
http://www.jimsbeerkit.co.uk/forum/v...hp?f=6&t=55990
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Old 04-12-2017, 06:18 PM   #16
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I have played with the air collar a lot, no combination seems to sort it. I'll use it again in the summer... when the weather is nicer to play around with it for longer. For now the electric one will do just what I need
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Old 04-12-2017, 06:56 PM   #17
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Oh... Hmm, that's annoying. I thought I'd be able to use it to stop the boil being too rough.. but I suppose it's not going to go crazy at only 2.4KW.

Not sure what I'm going to use my shiny new temperature controller for then lol
2.4KW will be fine for a rolling boil just plugged in to the mains, you may find the controller useful for heating water in an HLT for mash and sparge water, that’s what I use my Inkbird for.
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Take the temp probe out of the pot when you have done mashing and sparging and it wont shut off the element
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Old 05-12-2017, 08:36 AM   #19
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One thing to be wary of is that mangrove Jacks controller is basically an stc 1000. And is only rated at 10Amps @250volt
Your 2400w element will pull 10amps at 240v it will probably work but not for long.
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One thing to be wary of is that mangrove Jacks controller is basically an stc 1000. And is only rated at 10Amps @250volt
Your 2400w element will pull 10amps at 240v it will probably work but not for long.
I sense I may have been a victim of a salesman's gib! Ah well, I've got another temp controller for something now! Maybe I can find a use for it.
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